iPad2 with Mac mini vs Macbook

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Jazzpaws, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. Jazzpaws macrumors newbie


    Mar 4, 2011
    North Carolina
    I am considering buying a Mac Mini & iPad2 instead of buying a Macbook. I mostly use my PC laptop for surfing the web,checking email & downloading music on iTunes. I am willing to wait until the new MacMini is released. So is the Mac Mini with the iPad a good idea?
  2. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I think its a fine idea, and if you keep your media on it you will be able to listen to your iTunes library when you are away.
  3. jarvijarv macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2008
    Absolutely. I have the older 1.83GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo MacMini with OS 10.6.6 and it works great with my iPad 16G. The newer MacMini will obviously have more memory and be more stable than a Macbook in handling the synchronization of hundreds of apps, music, photos, etc.
  4. rspec7 macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2010
    I think it depends on how much processing power you'll need on the go. If you're like me and mostly just surf the web and do light stuff while out-and-about, while leaving the heavy-duty work at home or in the office, then your proposed combo should be perfect.

    I'm planning on leaving my macbook pro at home as a 'desktop' and only taking the iPad 2 out.
  5. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    if the extent of your use is as you listed then yes I think that's a fine idea.
  6. ConnorTurnbull macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2010
    United Kingdom
  7. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Sounds like a good idea to me!!

    But only one thing to keep in mind. If you are doing this and price is an issue but you think that the iPad +Mini combo ($1200) is close enough to the macbook ($1000) don't forget about the hidden needs that the Mac Mini doesn't come with. If you don't already have them you will need to buy a monitor ($150+ for random monitor), keyboard($69 for apple keyboard), or mouse ($69 for magic mouse or trackpad). All that together totals to being around $1500. For that price you could get a high end 13" MBP or a high end 21.5" iMac.

    If that's not an issue then great! I just didn't want you to make the mistake and realize it later :)

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